Hi friends! I hope you're having a great weekend. It's been absolutely gorgeous here in Texas, so I've been out and about, enjoying the weather and fitting in a few good jogs at the park.
I've been catching up on some of the blog comments and there have been a few requests for more healthy recipe options. I'm not a food blogger (or a nutritionist), so my recipe shares may not be the best, but–having said that–I'm happy to share!
Here's my Sunday afternoon lunch:
It was delicious, too! My food philosophy is pretty basic. I don't like to cook, so I attempt to find ways to get really healthy foods into my system in the quickest way possible. (lol See?! I'm far from being a food blogger!) 75% of the meals I make are ones that a college dorm girl could make if she had a mini fridge to keep things cool and access to basic utensils. In other words, I eat a lot of salads and everything is very easy to prepare.
I do make a point to get protein with every meal, and I also make an effort to fill half my plate with fruits and veggies (like I posted about here). I also make sure to drink TONS of water. Sometimes I'll drink close to a gallon a day.
The meat on my plate is pre-sliced turkey that I purchased from my favorite local BBQ joint. (Coopers BBQ, if any of you happen to be traveling through TX. It's the best!) I bought a pound of it and I'll eat it for lunch all week–either by the slice or shredded up on salads. It's such an easy way to fit protein in! Then I just added a fresh sliced tangelo and some lettuce. I've mentioned that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so fruits are a great way to satisfy that craving. Plus, they just look beautiful on a plate!
I've posted strawberry salads on here before, but here's how quick and easy it is to toss a healthy lunch option together:
Step 1: Add a base layer of freshly washed baby spinach leaves.
Step 4: Add half a cup of washed and sliced fresh strawberries.
Here's another really easy option:
Step 1: I almost always start with a base of freshly rinsed baby spinach leaves. Spinach is just so good for you!
Step 2: Pile on the good stuff! I added almond slivers, a few honey glazed coated pecans, dried cranberries, and then I sprinkled coconut slivers on top. (There's that sweet tooth again!)
Step 3: Add chicken.
See how easy that was? I'm being honest when I say I truly don't like to cook but I do love to eat healthy foods. The chicken on the salad above was from a rotisserie chicken that I purchased at my local grocery store. I'll shred it and make it last for a week as a salad topping, just like I do with the turkey.
I did add dressing to this salad, but I added it on the spinach leaves before I piled the rest of the food on top. I used Braswell's Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, which is the best tasting low calorie/gluten free/no fat vinaigrette dressing I've ever found. (You can order it here from Amazon.)
I hope that gives you some quick and easy ideas for healthy lunch options as you do your meal planning for the week! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
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